By now, rising Detroit beatmaker Black Milk has heard enough about following in the footsteps of the late J Dilla. But if he was trying to avoid the comparison, he’d have been better off creating a mix with artists from someplace other than Los Angeles, where Jay Dee had established a second front with long-time pal Madlib.
That he came up with Caltroit suggests that he’s confident enough in his own production skills not to sweat what the bloggers might write while getting down to floor-shaking business with Bishop Lamont and an insane cast of fellow producers and emcees including Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, Stat Quo, Guilty Simpson, Kardinal Offishall and others.
“Working with Bishop Lamont, who actually put me up on Kardinal Offishall’s music, was dope in itself, and having big names involved like Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes and Stat Quo might give me a little light in the world of mainstream music and let people in the business know that I’m not only about the underground thing.”
This could be the year that Black Milk breaks huge, considering all the production jobs he’s just completed and the recording he’s just about to start. Adding some beats to the much-anticipated new Kardinal Offishall album is only the beginning.
“Right now I’m finishing up a new project with Guilty Simpson and Sean Price, which started out as just a feature on Guilty’s new album, but they got to talking like, ‘What if Guilty and Sean did a whole album together with Black Milk doing the beats?’ The project is called Random Axe, and Duck Down is putting it out in the summer. It’s gonna be one of the craziest records of the year. I also did all the beats for an album with Fat Ray called The Set Up that should be out in March.”
Detroit's rising star producer Black Milk suggests he has larger aspirations than being an underground hiphop hero.
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